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Yale University Press — Still Life Before Still Life

Book — Identity — Illustration

For the release of the English edition, Yale University Press asked us to look at redesigning the existing Italian version.

The book explores the origins of Still Life as a genre, from there being a still life element in the background of a painting, to it becoming the subject matter itself. Each painting is shown in it’s entirety for context, with a detail on the facing page showing the still life element. The book is divided into chapters such as fruit, flowers etc. using a detail and black title page to break up the content.